NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Vancouver
(Thursday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Edmonton 2, Vancouver 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson stopped 37-of-38 shots, as the Edmonton Oilers ended the Vancouver Canucks' playoff hopes with a 2-1 victory at GM Place.
At the start of the NHL's slate of games Thursday, the Canucks trailed Nashville by one point. But the Predators beat St. Louis and moved to 91 points, clinching a playoff spot when the Canucks lost. Vancouver, stuck at 88, has just one regular-season game left.
"You work so hard for the entire season for a chance to play for the cup. It's tough, it's tough to take when you're not awarded at the end," Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo said.
Jarret Stoll and Marty Reasoner each tallied for Edmonton, which had already been eliminated from postseason contention. The Oilers finished their season with a 41-35-6 record.
Alex Burrows scored the lone goal for Vancouver, which has lost two in a row. The Canucks' playoff hopes ended at the tail end of a miserable stretch in which they lost six of seven.
Luongo gave up both goals on 21 shots, as Vancouver rounds out its season Saturday against Calgary. The Flames also clinched a playoff spot when Vancouver lost Thursday.
The Oilers scored a pair of second period goals, and held the Canucks off the scoreboard behind a brilliant effort from Roloson.
Vancouver, though, finally sneaked a puck past the Edmonton goaltender with 6:57 left, while on a power play.
The Canucks applied a ton of pressure on net, resulting in a number of rebounds and chances. Roloson lost his stick in the sequence, and wasn't able to get in position to stop the puck as Burrows poked it in from the right side of the crease.
A re-energized Canucks team was constantly on the offensive, and had a number of chances. The best came with about three minutes to go, when Roloson again lost his stick and the puck was still in the Oilers' defensive zone.
But Edmonton managed to clear, and got a big break when the Canucks' Henrik Sedin was called for a penalty at 18:42. Still, Vancouver emptied the net, and Reasoner had a good look at a sure goal without Luongo in the crease -- but his shot was wide left.
But Vancouver's Alexander Edler was called for a penalty with 18 seconds left, and the Oilers closed out the game on the 5-on-3 advantage.
Edmonton broke a scoreless tie as the game approached the midway point of the second period. An Oilers rush led to a bouncing puck around the net, and Reasoner poked it in at the 8:52 mark.
Almost 10 minutes later, Edmonton widened its lead to 2-0 with a power-play marker. Stoll, who was hit in the side of the head by a clearing attempt early in the second period, returned to the ice to net the goal.
"While they were stitching me up, I was pretty dizzy. I was almost falling asleep there, but it came back to me," Stoll said. "The doctors did a great job stitching it up and said that I could come back."
Edmonton worked the puck around the zone, leading to a pass to a wide-open Stoll above the left circle. Stoll blasted the puck through traffic and Luongo with 1:30 left.
Meanwhile, the Canucks were held off the scoreboard despite putting 24 shots on goal in the first two periods.
Vancouver was just 1-for-8 on power plays, while Edmonton was 1-for-4...Dustin Penner finished as the Oilers' leader in goals (23), while Ales Hemsky is the leader in assists (51) and points (71)...Hemsky did not play on Thursday, out with a lower body injury.
04/04 02:27:52 ET